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Up in Flames
     

Up in Flames

by Geraldine Evans
 

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When Chandra Bansi and her baby are burnt to death, the police are anxious to get their race relations right. DCI Casey and his less than politically correct sergeant rapidly come under pressure from their superintendent to put a couple of skinhead thugs behind bars. But there are other, stranger possibilities--and Casey has some less than conventional ways of

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When Chandra Bansi and her baby are burnt to death, the police are anxious to get their race relations right. DCI Casey and his less than politically correct sergeant rapidly come under pressure from their superintendent to put a couple of skinhead thugs behind bars. But there are other, stranger possibilities--and Casey has some less than conventional ways of examining them...

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Evans switches sleuths and settings, but not her m.o., in her latest examination of the politics of police work. Detective Superintendent Thomas Catt of the King's Langley force has a reputation to match his name. Abandoned as a baby, he avoids emotional entanglements. Though his partner, DCI Will Casey, doesn't envy Catt his institutional upbringing, his own feckless hippie parents have Willow Tree-a birth name he studiously hides from fellow detectives-at the end of his tether. Evicted from their East Anglia smallholding, they arrive on his doorstep, providing an unwelcome distraction from his latest case: the arson murder of young widow Chandra Bansi and her infant daughter Leela. There are plenty of suspects. Chandra's in-laws, despising her modern views, cast her aside the moment her husband Magan died in an auto accident. And her own parents were strangely distant, putting her up in a dismal apartment rather than in their spacious home. But Casey's boss, Supt. Brown-Smith, responds to a task force report branding the British police inherently racist by asking him to look outside the Asian community for Chandra's killer. So Willow Tree can either bend with the wind, pursuing a case against two young punks whose boasts of torching Chandra's apartment ring false, or face down his superiors to find the real murderer. Though it's not clear why Evans shops Rafferty and Llewellyn (Absolute Poison, 2003), Casey and Catt are worthy successors.
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"Clever plot twists and an amusing subplot...A worthy purchase"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780727860347
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2003
Series:
Casey and Catt Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Evans has had a variety of jobs and spent several years helping to run a vehicle-repair workshop. There she tackled tax returns, the intricacies of which she believes were an excellent apprenticeship for the brain-teasing work necessary in writing a whodunnit.

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